Russian mystic artist predicted and changed the future with his paintings. Among the paintings that could turn out to be prophetic, a special bright place is occupied by Three Joys.
The artist offers to share the joy. This bright feeling is evoked by the peasant's family in the center of the picture, to which, a hussar, who has come to the courtyard, announces three joys. The settlement is surrounded by Saints revered in Russia - Nicholas the Miracle Worker, patron of agriculture and herds, St. Egorius - a shepherd and protector of horses, Elijah the Prophet - the lord of rain and harvest.
The fabulous image of the family, nature, miraculous forces helping the peasant in hard work, sends the viewer to Russian folklore sources and traditions. Tells about the national spirit and character of the inhabitant of the Russian land. In the guise of St. Egorius, fabulous features are also observed - a pearl head.
Nikolai the Miracle Worker - the main defender of misfortunes, the eldest among the saints, is opposed to the formidable Ilya the Prophet and is illuminated by the halo, as in popular beliefs. Through these images, the artist directs a person to an impassive attitude to work, deprivation, hardship, as well as to divine knowledge on earth.
The composition and content of the canvas also causes a wonderful feeling and refers to folklore. The hut of the villager is not a simple peasant, but a beautiful tower with a carved staircase and a fabulous birdhouse. The dwelling against the background of the Russian landscape stretching behind it seems tall and large, and the meadows, fields and hills seem endless and fertile.
The reception of the front and rear perspectives from different points of view was used in Russian icon painting. As well as the structure of the picture, creating an epic mood, summarizing the visual presentation. Roerich often takes these techniques as the basis of his works, thus expressing the main characteristics - the power of the Russian man and the national soul.
The semantic load of the painting “Three Joys” consists in the faith and inextricable connection of the Russian person, whoever he is, with the Higher Forces, which in work and everyday life will always come to the rescue. He himself knows about his wealth and happiness, enjoys the presence of the Holy Pleasers.
Ivan Aivazovsky Painting